Eclipse Tip: Java Editor Breadcrumb Navigation Bar

One new feature of Eclipse 3.4 is the Java editor’s Breadcrumb Navigation Bar. This can be enabled with the keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+B or using a tool bar button. Like the name suggests it provides a breadcrumb path for the current element in the editor. This is kind of like the location bar in Windows Explorer in Vista. You can navigate to other elements in the same level. ex. the highest level shows all the elements of the class. Or you can right click on the path element to perform any action using the context menu. ex. quickly copy the fully qualified name.

Vasanth Dharmaraj is a Java Architect currently working for Western Union living in the Bay Area. He is interested in programming, gadgets, formula one... You can follow him on Twitter.

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2 comments on “Eclipse Tip: Java Editor Breadcrumb Navigation Bar
  1. narayanan says:

    Hi Vasanth,

    Nice to read your blog. i am also working in eclipse.

    I need a small help from you, we are using BEA workshop

    editor, to write java program. Some

    how right click not working in my IED. can you pls tell me

    what that is happening ????

    Keep writing ….

    Thanks in advance…

  2. That is strange. Try starting eclipse with the command line argument "eclise.exe -clean".

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